Wines of Chile received the largest turnout ever for its 5th Annual Grand Tasting held in New York City’s Gotham Hall on June 3. The theme for this year’s event was Breaking New Ground
Wines of Chile was out in force “Breaking New Ground” with walk-around tastings, themed tables, and educational seminars on the agenda for the more than 400 members of the NY the wine trade (on-trade, off-trade, and wine educators) as well as key wine media groups at Wines of Chile’s most recent Grand Tasting.
This annual event aims to educate New York’s key wine buyers and winewriters about Chile’s high value at all price points, to present the current vintage on a large scale, and provide a space for interaction between the New York wine trade/media and Chilean winemakers and other winery representatives.
The event included a number of activities, including an afternoon walk-around tasting with 48 Chilean wineries for local wine professionals. The tasting was opened to consumers in the evening.
In addition to the individual winery stands, themed tables dedicated to Carmenere and Red Blends were included with descriptions of each category’s key attributes and information on the winegrowing regions. These two categories were selected due to their growing success in the US market and the continued media interest.
Michael Green, Wine & Spirits Consultant to Gourmet magazine, led two winemaker seminars for both of which were filled to their 50-person capacity. The first seminar, “Exploring New Boundaries,” focused on six of Chile’s most exciting denominations of origin, with presentations by the winemakers from Viña Falernia (Elqui Valley), Casa Tamaya (Limarí Valley), De Martino (Choapa Valley), Amayna (San Antonio Valley/Leyda), Bodegas y Viñedos O. Fournier (Maule Valley), and Veranda (Bio Bio Valley).
The focus of the second seminar, “Chile’s Knockout Carmenere,” was on today’s high quality, value-driven Carmenere, Chile’s unique variety. Again, six winemakers and winery representatives from Odfjell Vineyards, Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery, Terra Andina, Errázuriz, Montes, and Casa Lapostolle discussed the different styles of Carmenere, including single varietal wines and blends made with this iconic grape.
For more on the Carmenere seminar, see what Time Out New York had to say and a photo gallery at: “Booze beat: Bordeaux’s “lost” grape found in Chile!”
This year’s event also benefited two major New York charities, Citymeals-On-Wheels and Share Our Strength, and a sizable donation was made to assist these two worthy causes.
Bodegas y Viñedos O. Fournier
Carolina Wine Brands
Cartagena by Casa Marin
Casas del Bosque
Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery
Espiritu De Chile
Gracia de Chile
Viña Casa Tamaya
Viña Falernia S.A.
Viña La Rosa
Viña Los Boldos
Viña Los Vascos
Viña Quebrada de Macul
Viña San Pedro
Viña Siegel S.A.